|Little Match Girl, Grosset and Dunlap 1944|
|The little match girl gets rescued and wakes up in a warm bed |
with a caring old lady that wants her as her grandchild.
|The very last image of the book where The Little Match Girl is lying |
on a cushion, but still in her raggedy beggar's clothes. The painting is ambiguous;
is she really sleeping or is she in fact dead after all?
That's why I was quite pleased when I browsed through the dummy for Little Match Girl in The Kerlan Collection - there it was, the real end illustration. Gustaf had meant to illustrate the actual story as it was, in all its sadness. But naturally, the drawing had been rejected. So here they are, both of the endings. You choose.